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Stormwater issues at Pine Fork Park results in $111,000 appropriation to address

By Andre Jones | January 27, 2021 10:03 am

Unexpected costs and design flaws in Pine Fork Park has resulted in a financial headache for New Kent County. Unfortunately, the headache will require a $111,000 visit to the Capital Improvement Funds. New Kent’s Board of Supervisors appropriated the funds to address environmental issues during Wednesday morning’s work session. After breaking ground in 2019, the $4.5 million project has been in the first phase for completion. While a majority of the contract work is complete, unexpected issues that deal with stormwater management has resulted in a financial setback. In October 2020, county leaders approved $325,591.11 to address the stormwater and…
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Two options revealed as part of New Kent school’s redistricting plan

By Andre Jones | January 26, 2021 1:07 pm

Parents and intrigued members of the public received their first glance of redistricting plans for New Kent County Public Schools with the addition of the new Quinton Elementary School. Matthew Cropper of Cropper GIS services made his presentation at the Jan. 20 public meeting on the subject with New Kent’s School Board. Cropper presented a timeline on how his company and an organized committee for the school’s redistricting first met in Feb. 2020. During that time period up until the presentation, there were a lot of talks and proposals that crossed the committee’s path. After receiving that information and feedback,…
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Driving under influence of drugs lands Providence Forge man in jail for four months

By Andre Jones | January 25, 2021 12:30 pm

A Providence Forge man will spend the next four months in jail after being found guilty on two misdemeanor charges related to a car accident on Feb. 5, 2020. Melvin Darnell Randall Jr., 26, of the 5800 block of Yellow Jasmine Terrance, entered no contest pleas to one count each of misdemeanor DUI (first offense) and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He also entered a not guilty plea to one count of misdemeanor contempt of court but stipulated the evidence would be enough to convict him of the offense. One charge of possession of a controlled substance…
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Charles City superintendent recommends $6.8 million in local funding for FY2021-22 operating budget

By Robb Johnson | January 22, 2021 9:26 am

With theme core values and principles that include learning, integrity, growth, and collaboration, Charles City County Superintendent of Schools Dalphine Joppy proposed a $6,843,772 operating budget for the FY2021-22 school year during the Jan. 21 special meeting. While looking at ways to enhance programs at the school, the primary focus on the recommended increase focused on providing raises to several employees of the school system. Joppy’s first recommendation came in the form of increasing minimum wage for hourly employees. The wage would begin before the end of this fiscal year and go up to $9.50/hr. From there, increases would be…
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Charles City schools to survey on possible return to in-person instruction

By Andre Jones | January 19, 2021 9:08 pm

As school districts begin to weigh the possibility for in-person learning once again, Charles City County Public Schools are using recently established guidelines to develop a survey to determine when, or if, students will return to buildings. Charles City Superintendent of Schools Dalphine Joppy unveiled a mock timetable of how students will return to buildings at Tuesday night’s school board meeting. No specific date was announced. Joppy commented that on Jan. 14, a new set of guidelines were released by the Virginia Department of Education and State School Superintendent James Lane. The guidance focused on areas of academics, staffing of…
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Richmond man receives three-month sentence for drug possession in Charles City

By Andre Jones | January 15, 2021 10:00 pm

A Richmond man will spend the next three months in jail after pleading guilty to possessing an illegal substance during Friday morning procedures in Charles City Circuit Court. Larry Edward Gammon, 39, of the 4700 block of Caldwell Avenue, entered guilty pleas to one count each of possession of a Schedule I/II substance and misdemeanor driving on a suspended license. In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Tyler, on Oct. 14, 2020, a Virginia State Trooper familiar noticed the defendant driving a vehicle. Being familiar with the defendant from another jurisdiction, the trooper conducted a traffic stop…
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Supervisor boards reorganize for 2021

By Robb Johnson | January 13, 2021 8:12 am

Both Charles City and New Kent’s Board of Supervisors reorganized at recent meetings for the 2021 calendar year. In New Kent, District 1 representative Thomas Evelyn was elected chairman. District 2 leader Tommy Tiller will assume the role of vice-chairman. In Charles City, District 1 leader Gilbert Smith was named as chairman for the year. District 3 representative Lewis Black III was given the nod as vice-chairman.

Lanexa man, charged with murder, indicted by New Kent grand jury

By Andre Jones | January 11, 2021 11:22 pm

A Lanexa man has been formally indicted with a second-degree murder charge by a New Kent grand jury. Michael Anthony Jenkins, 39, of the 15000 block of Pocahontas Trail, received indictments on one count each of second-degree murder, grand larceny, burglary, possession of a weapon by a non-violent felon, and two counts of firearm larceny. In Dec. 2019, New Kent Sheriff’s Office received a call for service around 2 p.m. on Dec. 4. First responders arrived to the scene and located a male down. While medical aid was provided, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim was…
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Convicted felon from Toano sentenced to 18 months for possessing ammunition

By Andre Jones | January 11, 2021 11:16 pm

A Toano man will spend 18 months in jail after accepting a plea agreement during Monday morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Cody Allan Dobbeck, 26, of the 100 block of Leisure Road, entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon (originally possession of a firearm by a nonviolent convicted felon). In a summary of evidence, on Dec. 14, 2019, a homeowner heard a gunshot near his house. When he went out to investigate, he saw Dobbeck and questioned him about the sound. Dobbeck told the homeowner that he was the…
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Return for New Kent second and third graders back into school buildings delayed until February

By Andre Jones | January 11, 2021 11:14 pm

Second and third graders who attend elementary schools in New Kent will have to wait a little longer before having an opportunity to walk through the building doors. For the second time in two months, New Kent’s School Board has postponed the return of second and third graders. And the decision this time was as difficult as the first time. Originally, Cohort 3 (second and third grade students) were scheduled to return on Dec. 14, 2020. But because of the Winter holiday, school officials put the return off the return to Jan. 19, 2021. After hearing concerns from submitted comments…
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